International Travel Resources

U.S. Department of State - Worldwide Caution


As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March 6, 2017.   

As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling.  To better prepare for possible emergencies, U.S. citizens are encouraged to read Country Specific Information pages, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts on before planning a trip. 

  • Know the local “911” phone number, and have it and other important numbers [i.e., the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and Cultural Insurance Services International-CISI (312-935-1703)] written down and programmed into your phone.
  • Make two copies of your passport, insurance card, and any other documents important to you in the event of an emergency. Leave one copy with a family member, and secure the other separately from your travel documents in case of loss or theft.
  • Beware of your surroundings and avoid large crowded places. Exercise vigilance when in public places and when using mass transit.
  • Maintain good communication with your program’s sponsor. Know your program’s accountability measures and plans in the event of an emergency.
  • Monitor the news and the State Department’s Travel Website for updated Travel Warnings and Alerts, and “know before you go.”
  • Download the TripLingo app on your smartphone or tablet to access travel tools, Wi-Fi dialer, safety tools, and more. Download the app and login with your email address.  iOS: | Android: 


Please contact the Office of Risk Management at 515-294-7700 (phone line available 24/7) or (e-mail checked on business days only) with any questions or concerns.


U.S. Department of State Links

U.S. Department of State Homepage
Official homepage for the U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings
A Travel Warning is issued by the US Department of State to warn of the risks of traveling to specific locations and when travelers should consider not going to them at all. Travel Alerts are short-term events to be aware of when planning travel to a country

Consular Information Sheets
Information regarding conditions specific to your destination that may affect safety and security

U.S. Citizen Assistance and Crisis Management
Information regarding what assistance the U.S. Department of State can and cannot provide to U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad

Registration with Embassies  STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
Register at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country you are visiting.  Enrolling in this free service will allow the U.S. Department of State to better assist you in case of an emergency while you are abroad.

Passport Information
Current information about applying for or renewing your passport

What You Should Know Before You Go
Information regarding destination, personal safety and health.  Also includes information and tips about road safety overseas.

Travel Checklist
Tips and information to help avoid difficulties while traveling abroad

Other Useful Resources

Overseas Security Advisory Council
Global security news and reports from U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Transportation Security Administration
TSA has prepared a traveler's guide to help passengers with answers they need to common security screening questions.  Includes restrictions and tips for air and other modes of travel

United Nations
Official homepage for the United Nations

World Health Organization International Travel and Health Site
Health information for travelers, travel requirements, and recommendations

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Travel health information specific to location including vaccination information, medication tips, trip preparation checklists, and other helpful information

Currency Converter
Currency conversion calculator

LGBTI Travel Resources
International travel information from the U.S. Department of State for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons

Country Calling Codes
Tool to assist with international calling codes